Pavement? Who needs pavement? That’s the introduction by Toyota for their new 4Runner. They have a reason to brag since this traditional body-on-frame mid-size SUV really has very good off-road capabilities and a heritage of 32 years. Fifth generation 4Runner is present from 2009 to this day receiving one major redesign in 2014. Five-passenger seating comes as standard, with the ability for optional third row bringing total capacity to seven. Sales are to say steady, but in the last 9 years, the number just won’t go over 100k. Since next generation is not yet coming, this Japanese manufacturer worked on some updates for 2017 Toyota 4Runner. One of them is that 4Runner Pro is for the first time coming to Canada.
2017 Toyota 4Runner – Updates
That redesign in 2014 brought new styling for front fascia and LED rear lights. So for 2017 model year no changes in the exterior design will take place. New 4Runner will also have eight colors in the color palette. But overall design, although by some a little boxy, brings really aggressive look. But the point is that Toyota will add two more trim levels coming to a total of eight. So potential buyers will have at their disposal have SR5, SR5 Premium, Trail, Limited, TRD Pro and new TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium. For those who don’t know, TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development. This model is quite similar to Toyota Highlander, but with far more off-road capability.
2017 Toyota 4Runner – New Off-Road Trims
New Off-Road edition brings some updates to already capable SUV. With this selection, buyers will have Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, multi-terrain ABS, and high-visibility Optitron instrumentation. There are also 4-wheel crawl control, lever-type 4WD selector, and four-setting multi-terrain select system. New trims except for mechanical updates also bring some design elements. Off-Road comes with black seats with red stitching, a hood scoop, TRD logo on the front headrests, and black end caps for the roof rails.
2017 Toyota 4Runner – Powertrain
Until next generation upgraded 2017 Toyota 4Runner is on a nice path to achieve even more success. But there is also a downside and it’s regarding the powertrain. Toyota will continue to use existing, by some standards now old, 4.0-liter V6 engine. It produces generates up to 270 horsepower and up to 278 lb-ft of torque. That maybe wouldn’t be the problem if it’s not the only one in the lineup. And that’s not all; it comes only with, again old, five-speed automatic ECT (Electronic Control Transmission). It is offered in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive while maximum towing capacity amounts 5.000 pounds.
2017 Toyota 4Runner – Safety
There is one more thing that is crucial to mention, and that is safety. A number of safety features aren’t the problem since 2017 Toyota 4Runner is equipped with Star Safety System. This system consists of vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brake system, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, and Smart Stop technology. The problem lies when IIHS started to conduct small overlap crash test in 2014. From then 4Runner has a problem achieving anything more than “M” (Marginal) in mentioned test. It is unlikely that Toyota did something about this, and we will probably wait for a new generation that will probably be safer.
2017 Toyota 4Runner – Release Date
The prices, although not still officially announced, will certainly go somewhat higher. We will have those available closer to the start of sales, which will be at the beginning of 2017. Even with Toyota certain of 4Runner success, there are others that could mess with it. And those are Dodge Durango, Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, Nissan Murano, and of course, Jeep Wrangler.